Examgate: Sonia Gandhi Faces Fire For 'patronising' Graft In Jammu And Kashmir

Examgate: Sonia Gandhi Faces Fire For 'patronising' Graft In Jammu And Kashmir

19 February 2012
India Today
Naseer Ganai

Srinagar: Congress president Sonia Gandhi is in the line of fire of local newspapers for not accepting the resignation of education minister Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed, accused of helping his son cheat in his class X examination. Local English and Urdu dailies see the Congress' decision as an attempt to patronise corruption in the state. 'The Congress chairperson's decision not to accept the resignation of Peerzada is in sheer bad taste. The resignation was rejected despite the report by the crime branch... It looks incredible,' daily Greater Kashmir commented in an editorial. Jammu and Kashmir education minister Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed. It went on to question the 'Congress' double standards' on corruption. 'True, politicians have lost jobs in the state, but more often than not, they have been sacked for political reasons rather than in pursuit of the cause of probity in public life,' the editorial noted. 'How is it that ministers in other states of India lose their jobs on the question of impropriety and people here get away with big scandals? What makes the politicians in the state so indispensable that even a national party of the standing of Congress, with huge political stakes in appearing to be clean, finds it impossible to sack an education minister with a proven role in his son's copying,' it said. Sayeed had resigned from the council of ministers last week and sent his resignation to Sonia. Sayeed later said the Congress chief had rejected it. Shortly after, chief minister Omar Abdullah divested him of the education portfolio.